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u/GlorifiedPlumber · 1 pointr/ChemicalEngineering

I don't know of any that compare, but, the Napoleon's Buttons is SUPPOSED to be good.

Other books, engineering related, that I liked are:

Norm Lieberman's Process Troubleshooting books, the guy cracks me up!

Working Guide to Process Equipment (3rd edition probably cheaper):

Process Equipment Malfunctions (not as good as the other one, some overlap, but still worthwhile, and covers more breadth for individual issues):

The Prize (mentioned above):

The Quest (Follow on to The Prize):

Oil 101:

The Mythical Man Month (Not engineering directly as it pertains to software, but, projects and project management are huge in engineering, though this book is timeless):

Piping Systems Manual (You can NEVER know enough about pipe!):

Pumps and Pumping Operations (OMG it is $4, hardcover, go buy now! This book is great... did you know OSU didn't teach their Chem E's about pumps? I was flabbergasted, gave this to our intern and he became not a scrub by learning about pumps!):

Any good engineer needs to understand MONEY too:

The Ascent of Money:

It's Nial Fergesuon, who has had his own series of dramas and dumb stuff. The Ascent of Money has a SLIGHT libertarian tinge... but it wasn't bad enough that I didn't enjoy it. I consider it a history book, and he attempts to write it like one.

Have fun!

u/Krikkit_Jelly · 2 pointsr/ChemicalEngineering

>If you hang around them more, don't stop them from doing what they are doing. If there seems to be a lull and you can get a question out why don't you spend that time to get to know them instead of trying to steal information from them.
>You are probably a kid also. Just your age is going to annoy them. Unless you present yourself as a man/woman. Like you command the respect of such, but that doesn't mean you act superior or combative. It's something you learn with age.

This is golden advice! Get to know people and build a rapport before you start asking technical questions, and when you do, acknowledge their real world expertise and how much you value them giving you the time to explain it...


In the 1920's Dale Carnegie made a small fortune off simple advice which still rings true today in u/Hammerstrike5 's comment:


  • Become genuinely interested in other people.
  • Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves.
  • Talk in terms of the other person’s interests.
  • Make the other person feel important – and do it sincerely.


u/TribeCalledMess · 2 pointsr/ChemicalEngineering

I highly recommend this book for prep. I took the FE in October using this as a review and passed, after being out of school a couple of years. This book just covers the morning session. For the afternoon session I would just review your thermo, heat & mass, and design class notes. Also, thinking about buying the equation manual. It was super helpful knowing exactly where equations were while taking that test. They also have topic outlines for the exam on the NCEES webpage. I would also get the practice exam NCEES sells, that was really the only prep I did for the afternoon session. Keep in mind that the test is electronic now, not written, so review materials might vary.

Good luck! I'm sure you'll do great if you are just finishing school, because everything will still be fresh.

u/Whatitsjk1 · 2 pointsr/ChemicalEngineering

>practice practice practice. Take those practice exams.

where are these practice exams? i only know of 1 (and the free one someone gave me where they already paid the $50 from when they took it) all the others just make claims that its "FE exam material"

>hardest part was the general section for me, ChemE part was long but quite a bit easier.

yeah the material i am using is the the subjects in it, at the very least, FELT like my uni courses. this practice exam i am taking is NOTHING like it. once i look at the solution, it is really easily solved, except, the equation they used isnt even in the FE reference manual, nor ones i even recall back in school. an example is the definition of work in terms of pressure and volume. i forgot the exact question of that form so i had to look it up.... except... they conveniently left that one out. (the w = ∫pdv one)

>don't over think it, lots of people are in the same situation (and still pass)

yeah i hear online that the cutoff to pass is somewhere in the 60% range. of course,there is no proof of this as the committee doesnt share it. but i mean, its a $200+ test.... i cant really see myself going to take it while my confidence level is so low after this practice exam....)

u/Afeazo · 1 pointr/ChemicalEngineering

Forget some of the others comments about running aspen, it is a very expensive program and chances are your school will only have it on their desktops. My department had really shitty desktops with intel pentium or celeron processors and they ran aspen fine since our simulations were usually pretty small anyway.

You will use Excel, Google Docs, and MATLAB the most, all which can be run on pretty much any new computer. If I were to do my undergrad again i would just focus on buying a PC with a SSD as the top priority as I hated all the slow load and boot times that come with a HDD.

Honestly after a brief amazon search something like this for $450 would be more than enough spec wise, or if you want to do some light gaming here is one for $550 which would be also great. To me battery life did not matter as i always had the charger in my bag and there are outlets everywhere, and as far as any programs I ran I could have got away using a $100 laptop. There were some students who didnt even own laptops as they just exclusively used school computers. Others had Macs which couldnt even run some of our software. Dont overthink it and just get something half decent you will enjoy.

u/PlaysForDays · 2 pointsr/ChemicalEngineering

I can second this. You're going to have to take a course on the first three topics and likely one on the math and numberical methods behind it all. I used Bird, Fogler, and McCabe. The Bird text is unnecessarily theoretical in my opinion, but Fogler and McCabe are excellent. McCabe is particularly good at covering everything without going too in-depth. For Thermo, this is the one I see used most commonly, though only about half the text is used in most curricula and it's a fairly dry read in my opinion.

Like I said, you're probably going to want to review some math as well. There's quite a bit of calculus involved, so if you've been away from that for a few years, I would brush up on some basic integration, partial derivatives, and some fairly basic differential equations. The other topic is numerical and computational methods, but that's something you can learn on the fly with a solid background.

u/S1lv3r_Flame · 16 pointsr/ChemicalEngineering

There might be better books out there, but I would recommend Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics by SVA for those starting off. It does a good job of explaining the basics. However, it doesn't go far beyond the basic principles.

My favourite YT resource for intro videos would (obviously) be LearnChemE. They have many videos that can introduce the topics in simple terms.

Also keep in mind that Thermodynamics can be very complex in certain areas, especially Solution Thermodynamics. I would strongly recommend making an effort to understand the derivations used in that section. Understanding them, instead of just memorizing them, goes a long way to help you tackle difficult problems in that section.

u/Shitty__Math · 2 pointsr/ChemicalEngineering

That job sounds about right for an analytical chemist tbh. You asked for Books and I will give you books.

The all-around grand champion book for chemical engineers to have is Perry’s handbook.

In chemistry you did remedial thermodynamics in comparison to what chemical engineers are given, so I suggest this book as a primer in chemical thermodynamics. It covers phase equilibria, basic thermodynamics, and non-ideal behavior at a depth not seen in chemistry programs.

For heat and mass transfer I used this book in my undergrad. This is something that was almost certainly left untouched in your chemistry program.

For reaction engineering, I used [Folger’s book] ( You might recognize some of the constituent pieces, but this will bring it all together to solve for definite times and conversions.

More applicable to your direct job is process control. [Bequette's book] ( will probably be one of the most directly important books on this list for you as far as process monitoring goes. And [this book] ( will give your insight into why processes are made the way they are.

The most important book in the list is [Process Safety] ( It is important that you understand what is and is not dangerous, along with what it and is not safe. You can skip the blast calcs, but do look at the TLV data, because that will come up for emissions.

This list is overbuilt and if you only have time for 3 pick the last 3 I listed and pick up a cheap Perry’s handbook for reference.

u/vfl2014 · 1 pointr/ChemicalEngineering

You're welcome. First, they won't ask anything that isn't in the manual. So, as long as you know where to find what you need for that particular question, you are good. However, it may be in a different form than what you are used to. Using the book that you have to study is the best way to do it. It is what I used and is a pretty good representation of what will be on the exam. I wouldn't waste time going through old textbooks unless you want to read a little background on whatever topic it is.

The chemical engineering portion was a lot harder than I expected but since it is multiple choice, you have a decent shot at flat out guessing the answers. This is the book that I used to prep for it. However, I wouldn't recommend it because the problems are far harder in this review than are actually on the exam.

The best way to prep for the chemical part of the test is just to brush up on the basics of chemical engineering. Know how to convert units, stoichiometry, calculating reynolds numbers and other dimensionless quantities, and key chemical engineering concepts. I would say, the most helpful thing you can do for yourself is to know what units things should be in. Example: acceleration should be m/s^2. This will help tremendously when you have no idea how to work a problem. You take the units you are given, the units the answer is given in, look up the formula and figure out how to make the units work out. This method could possibly score a lot of points without knowing exactly how to work something out.

u/unearth1y · 2 pointsr/ChemicalEngineering

Make sure you have a good foundation in mathematics. If you want to get started for Cheme - definitely get yourself a book on material and energy balances. This is widely heralded as the "bible" and will give you good introductino to many cheme concepts.




u/elamo · 1 pointr/ChemicalEngineering

I'm curious to hear any good answers to this.

Employers want to hear about your "project results" and such, not that you've read about the topic.

As far as learning goes, there are some good resources on the theory. This book was highly recommended on r/plc and I found it online:

u/theriversflows · 1 pointr/ChemicalEngineering

ah cool thx for the list. ill start from that order when i have time and can get ahold of those books.

to make sure,

A working guide to process equipment =

Lieberman Distillation operation ???

kister Distillation design =

kister Distillation troubleshooting =

kister Distillation design and control using aspen =

luyben = ????

, it seems kister distillation design is pretty easy to get a hold of. would it also be fine to start from there?

also, back in uni, the book i used to distillation column (which was in separations course) was mccabe. what do you think about mccabe for distillation? I never learned anything from it regarding distillation section, but if others think its good, ill have another go at it.

u/-Exquisite- · 4 pointsr/ChemicalEngineering

I used this book:

I started studying 2 months before the test. I did one chapter a day which takes anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on how well you know the material. After I finished that book I used the free 3 day trial of their chemical engineering specific book to brush up on that material.

I ended up passing and probably overstudied considering I took it one week after graduation when the material was still fresh.

u/Indemnity4 · 1 pointr/ChemicalEngineering

"The Prize" by Daniel Yergin is a long but fun place to start. Bit more historical.

u/cheme2016 · 1 pointr/ChemicalEngineering

The thing is since the FE covers general topics as well (calculus, physics, statics, ethics, etc), the PE book won't cover any of it.

I recommending getting this book.

I did practice problems with that and read the chapters and I felt the test was super easy.

u/AliF50 · 1 pointr/ChemicalEngineering

This is the book I used while I was in school. My suggestion is to just go through your classes and let the knowledge come as you go through your classes and while/when you need it. Personally I can't learn if I am not going to use it or I have a project or exam about it. Good luck.

u/etranger508 · 5 pointsr/ChemicalEngineering

I got my PE last April. I recommend you get a study manual with practice problems from amazon and work your way through it chapter by chapter. Then, a month before the exam start the NCEES practice exam questions over and over again until you understand how to do each question. The NCEES questions are really close to those on the exam with a few twists and a few new ones thrown in. You should be spending 10 hrs each week for 4 month preparing for it. I recommend this series of review manuals: Chemical Engineering Reference Manual for the PE Exam, 6th ed. also Unit Operations of Chemical Engineering and Levenspiel's Reaction Engineering. Also, get yourself a copy of Crane TP410.

Edited to correct links.

u/InternalEnergy · 3 pointsr/ChemicalEngineering

The book I'd recommend is the textbook that most intro ChemE courses use: Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes, by Felder.

It's not too heavy on prerequisites (mostly just algebra, general chemistry). The problems you'll solve in the text are good examples of the type of thinking that ChEs use, and the author does a good job of explaining things. Also, some anecdotes from time to time.

Not sure if that's what you're looking for, but I can't really think of many non-textbook type examples for the same reason chemical engineers don't show up in films: it's not "Hollywood sexy."

u/BigMac093 · 2 pointsr/ChemicalEngineering

Give 'Dissolved Air Flotation for Water Clarification' by J Edzwald a go. Useful design info for DAF units.

u/justin6543 · 7 pointsr/ChemicalEngineering

I think I had this for a sophomore class and found it too basic to be of value. Maybe unit ops

Transport and thermo and some applications

u/fuzzylynx · 13 pointsr/ChemicalEngineering

As a process engineer here are some books i either use almost every day, or find very very useful:

Rules of Thumb for Chemical Engineers:

Crane Technical Paper no. 410.

Chemical Engineering Reference Manual:

GPSA Data Book (I have an electronic copy, your mileage finding a paper copy may vary):

u/Crimdusk · 1 pointr/ChemicalEngineering

What kind of wastewater?

For non industrial:
Get some modeling software like Biowin or GPSX and read about the Activated Sludge Model.

The EPA has detailed design documents from everything from activated sludge to the diffused aeration system which highlight best practices.

The Metcalf and Eddy text on wastewater is the best around. Ask your boss to get you a copy:

It's a huge process, but being a CHEG, all of the concepts will come naturally to you once you start piecing it together. Start with Secondary Aeration - it's the heart of the process.

I assume you are working under a PE (because design work frequently needs a PE stamp). You should not only have a boss to answer to but a mentor to bounce ideas off of when you find yourself struggling with concepts. It's one thing to struggle with a concept to achieve mastery, it's another to struggle with a sense of scope and understanding of the problem.

u/amidamaru989 · 3 pointsr/ChemicalEngineering

The FE review might not be a bad place to hit everything.

Chemical Discipline-Specific Review for the FE/EIT Exam, 2nd Ed

FE Review Manual: Rapid Preparation for the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam, 3rd Ed

u/ChEJobSearch · 18 pointsr/ChemicalEngineering

this book covers the bread and butter of what CHE is. Which is mass/energy balances (basically, what goes in equals what comes out.)

you can start with that and later move onto the more "advanced" topics such as transport, thermo, fluids, etc etc

u/steve_3113 · 11 pointsr/ChemicalEngineering

Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes was the book used in my first ChemE major class. It discusses a lot of the big ideas in chem e without getting too specific. You can find the international edition for around 10 dollars online.

Amazon Link

u/CHEMENG87 · 2 pointsr/ChemicalEngineering

here is the reference:

The full calculation for tubeside & shell side coefficients are in there. You can also look at other heat transfer textbooks for the equations.

u/RoundestBrownAround · 2 pointsr/ChemicalEngineering

This one was for the general stuff (but it still had fluids, heat transfer, econ, and some general thermo) and this one for the chemE. The chemE one I studied might have been an older version though. Both were filled with hard and useful practice problems.

u/dontlikebeinganeng · 2 pointsr/ChemicalEngineering

Take the introductory ChemE class and come back to ask the question if you want to be a ChemE.

Most use this textbook:

You see lots of UC freshmen enter and drop out of engineering.
Cal/UCLA are notorious, CHE 140 / 100 respectively weed out 80% of the class.

Think UCSB is CHE 10? Any gauchos can confirm?